WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats control Congress, but Republicans owned the softball diamond Friday night.
The Republican National Committee came from behind to score three runs in the final inning to beat the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC's other summer sport: softball. The final score: 5-4.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele even jokingly described the victory as the "start of something really big," in a video posted on YouTube.
"Keep it going," Steele said in the video. "Next, we take them out in November in New Jersey and Virginia. We're just beginning to warm up, folks."
For the DNC, there was a price to pay for losing. DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan had to acknowledge the defeat in all of the e-mails he sent out on Monday. Sevugan also included the "score" of the Democrat's November electoral college victory – clearly not part of the bet. And the DNC was forced to let RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho write a summary of the game that was emailed to reporters.
"In what can only be described as a sign of things to come for Republicans, the RNC's softball team soundly defeated the DNC for the 4th year in a row on Friday night in a dramatic game that is certain to go down in the intramural softball history books," Gitcho wrote in the e-mail blast.